Definitions for: Surrender


[n] the act of surrendering (under agreed conditions); "they were protected until the capitulation of the fort"
[n] the delivery of a principal into lawful custody
[n] a verbal act of admitting defeat
[n] acceptance of despair
[v] give up or agree to forego to the power or possession of another
[v] relinquish to the power of another; yield to the control of another
[v] relinquish possession or control over; "The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in"
[v] hand over to the authorities of another country



Webster (1913) Definition: Sur*ren"der, n. (Insurance)
The voluntary cancellation of the legal liability of the
company by the insured and beneficiary for a consideration
(called the

surrender value).


Sur*ren"der, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Surrendered; p.
pr. & vb. n. Surrendering.] [OF. surrendre to deliver; sur
over + rendre to render. See Sur-, and Render.]
1. To yield to the power of another; to give or deliver up
possession of (anything) upon compulsion or demand; as, to
surrender one's person to an enemy or to an officer; to
surrender a fort or a ship.

2. To give up possession of; to yield; to resign; as, to
surrender a right, privilege, or advantage.

To surrender up that right which otherwise their
founders might have in them. --Hooker.

3. To yield to any influence, emotion, passion, or power; --
used reflexively; as, to surrender one's self to grief, to
despair, to indolence, or to sleep.

4. (Law) To yield; to render or deliver up; to give up; as, a
principal surrendered by his bail, a fugitive from justice
by a foreign state, or a particular estate by the tenant
thereof to him in remainder or reversion.


Sur*ren"der, v. i.
To give up one's self into the power of another; to yield;
as, the enemy, seeing no way of escape, surrendered at the
first summons.


Sur*ren"der, n.
1. The act of surrendering; the act of yielding, or resigning
one's person, or the possession of something, into the
power of another; as, the surrender of a castle to an
enemy; the surrender of a right.

That he may secure some liberty he makes a surrender
in trust of the whole of it. --Burke.

2. (Law)
(a) The yielding of a particular estate to him who has an
immediate estate in remainder or reversion.
(b) The giving up of a principal into lawful custody by
his bail.
(c) The delivery up of fugitives from justice by one
government to another, as by a foreign state. See
Extradition. --Wharton.

Synonyms: capitulation, cede, deliver, deliver, deport, extradite, fall, give up, give up, giving up, relinquish, resignation, yielding

Antonyms: hold out, resist, stand firm, withstand

See Also: abnegate, capitulate, concede, defeatism, delivery, despair, expel, extradition, gift, give, kick out, legal transfer, livery, loss, present, relinquishing, relinquishment, repatriate, sell, sign away, sign over, throw out, yield, yield up

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